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Peruvian gang was charging US$20,000 for Covid-19 intensive care bed

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Peruvian National Police dismantled a gang that demanded up to 82,000 Soles (about US$20,000) for a bed in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a public hospital in Lima for seriously ill patients with Covid-19.

The Minister of Health, Óscar Ugarte, said at a press conference on this case that it is "abominable that someone could negotiate with ICU beds" and remarked that "the sanction must be drastic".

The members of the gang, known as "Black Angels", are employees of the Almenara hospital, administered by the Essalud social security system and . . .

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